Jon Festinger, Q.C. (LL.B., B.C.L. 1980 (McGill University)) is a Vancouver, British Columbia based counsel and educator. A faculty member at the Centre for Digital Media (http://thecdm.ca) Jon has taught media, entertainment and communications law topics at the Allard School of Law, UBC, for over two decades, as well as occasionally teaching at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law and the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of the first edition of “Video Game Law” published by LexisNexis in 2005, and co-author of the 2nd Edition published in 2012 (http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/ca/catalog/booktemplate/productdetail.jsp?prodId=prd-cad-01004). As a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Law, Jon began his legal career in private practice, in turn becoming General Counsel of WIC Western International Communications, Senior Vice President of the CTV Television Network and Executive Vice President, Business & General Counsel of the Vancouver Canucks. Jon practices law through Festinger Law & Strategy, is Past-Chair of Ronald McDonald House British Columbia and a Director of viasport B.C. . Jon is a dedicated fan of auto-racing simulations.
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The “cloud” has come to mean the storing and accessing of data (including programs) over the internet rather than on on our device (computer, phone or otherwise). The official definition of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology is: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of […]
In 1994 the Canadian government formed the Information Highway Advisory Council (IHAC). The Council submitted it’s report, which contained 300 recommendations in September 1995 with a final report in 1997. The irony that a copy of either of the reports seemingly cannot be found on-line is truly a breathtaking commentary on (___fill in the blank___). […]
Famously this photo was taken from Apollo 8 in 1968. It’s been called “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken.” For our purposes it may be seen as reflecting the illusion of a smaller world that the evolution of communications technologies has delivered to us. jon
The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges is one of my favourite short stories ever. An endless library plays the role of the universe. Not a bad metaphor for the internet. Read it here: “The Library of Babel”. The above illustration above is by Erik Desmazieres. Fair use, Link jon